Cloud hosting or cloud computing is a great way to reduce costs and improve the overall efficiency of the IT function for businesses.
All major companies, such as Microsoft, Google and Amazon offer cloud platforms to their users, but cloud storage is still less than 10% of total data stored in the world.
Why is cloud required?
Businesses usually have hundreds of applications to run, which can consume their IT resources. Companies also require data centres, which require a lot of space and energy, increasing a business’s utility costs.
Through cloud hosting services, businesses can eliminate a lot of hardware and software in their premises and focus more on their core competencies and customer care.
Cloud hosting can provide a much-needed optimisation that most business leaders are looking for today. Being able to plug into cloud based services that are ready-made for use enables businesses to achieve more efficiency and innovation.
What are the risks involved?
The most obvious risk is giving access to a third party that has data centres placed in remote places. In case of any natural disaster, the company’s data could be lost or compromised.
Most companies may think that since they have outsourced their data management, the third party will take care of the security of the data. However, the responsibility for the protection of the data, especially sensitive customer data, is still on the company and not some third party.
Therefore, it is important for the provider and the company to address the information security relating to cloud hosting. Not only the provider, but the company must ensure that they are in no way compromising the security of the cloud.
Risk management is nothing new for organisations, so companies must ensure that the presence of their employees on the cloud meets the regulatory and industry requirements.
Is cloud hosting secure?
The security of cloud depends on the quality of the cloud hosting service. Many cloud hosting services provide customers with their own encryption key, which means that even the employees working for the cloud provider cannot access the data, even if they wanted to.
In fact, most data breaches happen from inside the company rather than from the end of the cloud hosting service.
When it comes to protecting the data from being lost, most providers have a hybrid approach, which means that they have the data backed up physically, as well as on the cloud.
Lean Security provides secured managed cloud hosting and ensures complete protection of all digital assets. Along with hosting, we also provide cloud security assessment, cloud WAF service and protection from all sorts of malware attacks.